Book Excerpt - Scattered Leaves

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Scattered Leaves
By Richard E. Roach
Crystal Dreams Publishing
ISBN-10: 1591461464

When Ben McCord comes home from a business trip to find his young wife raped and murdered, he starts out on a journey of death and destruction. Clues lead him to a dark world of drugs and violence in action that spans Texas, Colorado, and the Mexican border.

McCord hooks up with a beautiful doctor, who was also victimized by members of the same drug cartel, and together they track down the killers, surviving bloody confrontations, and ending with a suspenseful climax in the Big Thicket of Texas.

Excerpt: (part of this book's virtual tour, courtesy Pump Up Your Book Promotion.)
I found her on the floor near my side of the bed, nude, lying in a pool of inky-black, coagulated blood. She was dead. Cold dead. A long time dead. The words seemed foreign.

She had worried about her twenty-ninth birthday, which was coming up soon; she had been concerned that being nearly thirty might be getting old. She had been fretful about too many things: not having rugs beside the bed, the poor people at church, when would the roof start leaking. All those worries had taken wing when her heart had stopped beating and her blood ceased to flow.

I could not share with her the final pain of her last moments on this earth. She would forever be twenty-eight.

The smell of death permeated the bedroom air.

She had never been a big person, but in death she seemed shrunken. A glob of caked blood held a dozen strands of her silky, blonde hair and was stuck to her temple. The swollen, black tongue protruded from her mouth. She looked at the world from behind eyelids that were almost closed.

Author Bio (from the author himself!):

Born 1931, Galveston, Texas. 16 years education, four years military service, pertinent facts about me: Short stories of mine have been published in Man’s Story 2, Happy 2007 volume 20, page 58, Iconoclast 2006 volume 91, page 73, and Bibliophilos 2006 volume 42, page 54. My first novel, Scattered Leaves, hit the book stores, 9-1-08. Crystal Dreams Publishing, a division of Multi-Media. My second novel, Scattered Money, will be published in 2009. I have a publicist, and a review service to help spread the news of my writing. They make book videos available to help attract readers, prepare media releases, procure radio interviews, and spread the news.  You can visit his website at

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1 People said

  1. I read this book as well. It was a tough one to get through.


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